Plan to protect Lake Erie from algae blooms isn’t working, study shows

Plan to protect Lake Erie from algae blooms isn't working, study shows

Farm runoff provides fertilizer that turbo-charges algae growth in the western Lake Erie basin. Wochit (Photo: Brenda Culler, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.)

Miles of green, mucky and potentially toxic algae blooms on western Lake Erie — and the oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lake that come with them — have led Ohio to spend more than $3 billion to combat them since 2011. Michigan has chipped in millions

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Pruitt takes over authority for EPA water protections policy

Pruitt takes over authority for EPA water protections policy

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt has signed a directive giving himself more authority to determine environmental regulations for projects near regional waterways, according to a memo released Wednesday. The internal document obtained by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) gives the EPA chief final decision-making authority over the protections of streams, ponds and wetlands.

The one-page March 30 memo vests Pruitt … [more…]